Lynda: Popular Courses for June

There’s always time to learn something new! Check out the ten most popular classes available now on Lynda, a free resource you can access from home with your library card. You can find it in the Digital Library.

  1. Excel 2016 Essential Training
  2. Programming Foundations: Fundamentals
  3. JavaScript Essential Training
  4. Project Management Foundations
  5. Online Marketing Foundations (2014)
  6. Having Difficult Conversations
  7. HTML Essential Training
  8. Excel 2013 Essential Training
  9. Time Management Fundamentals
  10. Python Essential Training

Sign Up for Summer Reading Today!

Summer reading is half over – have you signed up yet? Stop by your local branch and enter to win all kinds of fantastic prizes! Summer reading is a great way to make sure your child and/or teenager stays ready for school during this long time away, and it can keep your brain sharp, too. Here are the general rules:

  • Children ages 0-11 must reach their reading goals or read five books and turn in their reading logs by August 15th. They’ll win a reading certificate, a free book, lots of other cool prizes, and enter a drawing for a $50 gift certificate!
  • Teens going into grades 6-12 must read six regular books, or 18 graphic novels, by August 15th. They’ll win a great pair of headphones, a drawstring backpack, and six Library Bucks – good for paying off fines wherever in Baton Rouge your books are overdue! Teens can turn in a completed summer reading log more than once, and every entry gets you more chances to win other cool prizes!
  • Adults (everybody else) only have to read three books – just three! – to win a summer reading prize back, and be entered into a prize drawing of their very own!

What are you waiting for? Beat the summer outdoor heat and read! (Audiobooks count!)

How to Succeed at a Job Fair – POSTPONED

Job fairs can be a great place to make connections with employers…but only if you know how to do it well. If you’d like to improve your job-fair know-how, please join us for this free seminar. Career Center staff will discuss what to expect at job fairs, how to prepare, and how to avoid common mistakes.

After you attend this event, use your newly-sharpened skills at the EmployBR spring job fair! Keep an eye on their website for details on the time and location.

* * * Please note that this event, originally scheduled for June 26th, has been postponed. For more information, please call the Career Center at (225) 231-3733. You can find information on upcoming Career Center events on their website. * * *

Intro to Arduino for Teens

Hey, teens! Do you like robots? Have you ever wanted to build your very own tiny robot? Sure you have! Learning how to build and program with Arduino gets you one step closer to the world’s first real-life Iron Man. Come to the Delmont Gardens Branch this Wednesday, June 20th, at 4 PM to learn more about Arduino, and get closer to building a biosphere on Mars! (It could happen!)

If you get really into it, or you want to brush up on your skills before you go, check out some of the library’s resources on teaching yourself programming:

Cool Careers: Beauty and Personal Care next Wednesday!

Have you been following the Career Center’s Cool Careers: Summer Series? There are so many careers for you to learn about, whether you’re a teen thinking about life after high school or an adult looking for a change.

Join us at the Main Library this Wednesday, June 20th, for a panel of beauty industry experts, including the owner of Cutrone’s Barber Shop and acclaimed and frequently published makeup/hair artist Cekeisha Williams. The presentation will begin at 11 AM. Registration is required; you can register for next week’s event on the Career Center’s website, or by calling (225) 231-3733.

If this doesn’t seem like the career for you, check out what else the Career Center has in store this summer! The Cool Careers Summer Series is primarily geared towards teenagers, but adults are welcome – it’s never too late, or too early, to find out what you’re meant to be doing.

Lunch and Learn: Reference USA

Do you want to grow your small business? Join us Monday, June 18th, at 11:30 AM for a lunch and learn session with ReferenceUSA. With ReferenceUSA, you can do all kinds of sales and marketing research, learn about other businesses in your area, and more! A light lunch will be served. For more information, email us at smallbusiness@ebrpl.com.

Author Focus: Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain’s love of Louisiana cuisine and culture was well-documented. In honor of the time he spent here, we have collected his works, both in print and on film, so that those who wish to do so can more easily find them.
If you or a loved one are struggling with mental illness, please make note of the library’s collection of local resources for mental health.

Baton Rouge Makers, We Want YOU

To sign up for the 2018 Mini Maker Fairethe Call for Makers is open! We’re going all the way to space this year, and there’s room for everybody on the rocket ship. If you craft, build, program, design, cook, or create in any way, we want you to get involved!

If you haven’t attended one before, the Maker Faire is the greatest show (and tell) on Earth. Cities all over the planet let creativity and innovation reign, showcasing everything from fashion to technology to delicious, delicious food – or best yet, a mashup of those and everything in between.

Sign up to be one of our very own astronauts on the creative frontier, and launch your imagination at the Baton Rouge Mini Maker Faire on October 6th!

Stargazing at the Library

Did you know you can check out more than books from the library? You can also check out a whole dang telescope, and gaze at the stars to your heart’s content. If that isn’t cool, well, what is?

The library’s Orion Skyquest XT6 Dobsonian telescope was kindly donated by the Baton Rouge Astronomical Society, and it can be checked out by adults for one week at a time. All you have to do is attend a brief training class – there’s one tomorrow night! – and you can be searching the skies almost before you know it.

The training class is held at the Main Library on Goodwood, beginning at 8 PM. Here are the telescope training dates for the rest of the year:

  • Thursday, June 7
  • Thursday, July 5
  • Thursday, August 2
  • Thursday, September 6
  • Thursday, October 4
  • Thursday, November 1
  • Thursday, December 6

For more information about our telescope, please call the Circulation Department at (225) 231-3740. To learn more about space, or about astronomy research done in Baton Rouge, contact the Baton Rouge Astronomical Society and the Highland Road Park Observatory.

An image from Space.com of the Milky Way’s center and bulge over the ESO 3.6-metre telescope.